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I’m trying to learn “Heat “ and “Fire” from the DVD, and in the end I’m still shredding my throat. I can't seem to achieve volume with the tone I'm trying to get. Any advice??


The problem that you are having is a about balance. By being concerned with "volume", your imagination is sending too much velocity to the muscles in your throat. “Heat” and “Fire” are about discovering that perfect balance between the raising of the larynx and the breath pressure behind it (DUMP). Once you have isolated the ease of that balance, you can make it stronger. But if you think about it as needing to be loud right off the bat- you are probably not achieving that suspended inertia to create the power. Trying doing it with lesser volume first. Turn up the microphone and cup your hand over the mic for now. If it hurts in your throat, you are not doing it right. If you are feeling bulimic, you are pushing too hard. You need to have a consistently held larynx position that entails a minimum amount of effort and that is perfectly coordinated with the DUMP. In the vocal cord footage in the special features section of the DVD, you will notice how the correct screams have so much accompanying DUMP that the larynx actually LOWERS in the throat. However, on the incorrect ones, the throat jams up so high and with such velocity that it practically ejects the scope!




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